Jun 15, 2015
The Event That Changed My Life

Op-ed: On a flight to New York, after describing farbrengens and "dollars" to my 6-year-old Chayele, she turned to me and asked the question which shook me to the core: "Mommy, so will we also have all this, when we get to New York?"

Last year, my husband and I decided to travel with the entire family, to New York for Gimmel Tammuz. This would be the first time our children would be at 770, and the Ohel.

As both my husband and I grew up in Crown Heights, we prepared our children for their first visit to the Rebbe. We explained them how when we were kids, our entire life was based around the Rebbe. From the Farbrengens, and dollars, to the rally's and parades, the Rebbe was our life.

On our flight, while over telling some childhood memories, my 6-year-old Chayele turned to me and asked the question which shook me to the core. "Mommy, so will we also have all this, when we get to New York?" I changed the conversation, however the question, echoed my ears.

When we got to Crown Heights, one of the many things we saw, were signs and posters advertising an event that was to take place that night on Eastern Parkway, titled 'an hour with the Rebbe'.

Growing up in Crown Heights, I know that the only Jewish event to close off Eastern Parkway was the Lag B'omer parades which the Rebbe would attend. This meant a major event was to take place that night, one which our children should experience.

However, my husband said that it's not right to keep the kids up so late at night, after all, they just landed. And anyhow, the kids can't understand the Rebbe either way. I insisted. When we were children, we always went to Farbrengens, why should our kids be different? My husband finally agreed.

As soon as we arrived at my in-laws, we told the kids that they must take a nap, for they were about to experience something special.

As we started walking down Kingston, towards Eastern Parkway, seeing so many fellow Lubavitchers walking that same direction, began giving me chills. remembering how the Bochurim would run each time the Rebbe came out, how we would rush to the Farbrengens, or wait patiently on the dollar lines.

We got to Eastern Parkway, the power we then felt is indescribable. The Pesukim, the Sichos, the Niggunim, EVERYTHING, was just the real thing. Real Rebbe, Real Lubavitch.

I have never felt so connected to the Rebbe since Gimmel Tammuz 5754, never before was I so certain that the Rebbe would come out and be Nisgale at that very moment.

Since that very day, the Rebbe wasn't an unusual topic at our supper table, my children began living with the Rebbe like never before. It was from then, that my Levi asks me almost daily 'Mommy, can you show me today's Rebbe video?' I can clearly say, that over the last year, our Chasidishkeit, the atmosphere of living with the Rebbe and Moshiach has advanced tremendously, thanks to this event.

Although this year, my family won't be able to make it to the main event on Eastern Parkway, we will join our community, and watch it live. I urge all those who will be lucky and be in the Rebbe's Daled Amos this Gimmel Tammuz, go to this event, AND TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TOO. It will change your lives forever. To those that - like me - won't be in Crown Heights, arrange a live event in your community. And last but not least, for those that financially can, support the one event that unites the entire family of Chassidim as one, connecting us to the Rebbe.

The event will take place in front of 770 Eastern Parkway, and is scheduled for Thursday evening, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 18th, 8:30 - 9:30 PM.

Each Chabad community worldwide will additionally gather in their community Shul, to watch this historic event. To arrange the gathering in your community, email 3TammuzEvent@gmail.com

The event has a $40,000 budget, which isn't being funded by any specific organization. Please donate generously to the expenses of this event by clicking here.

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Sooo touching!!!
(6/15/2015 9:52:47 AM)
To have the great zechus for your child to say a Posuk at the event:
Email: 3tammuzevent@gmail.com
And write in the subject 12 Pesukim
(6/15/2015 9:57:43 AM)
"Changed my life"
Wow! Well that's a really inspiring story! How can I arrange it live in California?

Is there a link or something? Or dinner flyer I can give out?

Thanks for arranging this great thing!
(6/15/2015 10:00:35 AM)
Concerned of rain?
Hope it doesn't rain again... Hope there is a back up plan this year. Was truly amazing last year! I could relate to this story very well in my house..
(6/15/2015 10:03:28 AM)
Only the rebbe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The rebbe is the only one that could do such a thing to us....!!!!!!
The rebbe takes care of us! And gives us guidance throughout every day of Galus!
Only by seeing the rebbe's face watching a video of him could inspire you for life!!!
What an amazing story!!! It brings out how the rebbe is with us more then ever before!! And Is leading us to Geulah!!
(6/15/2015 10:07:17 AM)
Moshiach. it's near!!!!
We see the rebbe's hand in Galus leading us to Geulah!!
I'll bring my kids to watch it too!!
(6/15/2015 10:09:12 AM)
"I have never felt so connected to the Rebbe since Gimmel Tammuz 5754, never before was I so certain that the Rebbe would come out and be Nisgale at that very moment."
Such a true line! The power we all felt, was really strong!

I hope that it'll be the same this year..

But this time the Rebbe will actually come out!!...
(6/15/2015 10:14:40 AM)
Arrange an event in your community!!!!!!!!!
I arranged in Morristown the event last time..! People Loooved it!! It was sooo nice!!!! I'm telling you! Try it out!!
(6/15/2015 10:16:33 AM)
What a story!!!!!!
That is really inspiring!!!!!
(6/15/2015 10:21:20 AM)
We want Moshiach now!!!
It's in our power! I keep telling that to my kids!!
(6/15/2015 10:41:49 AM)
49 yrs in the hood
thanks to who ever wrote this ,
i must say " you brought tears to my eys "
(6/15/2015 11:25:39 AM)
Keep it up!!
Thanks so much for arranging this!!!
(6/15/2015 12:23:09 PM)
What a great idea for Gimmel Tammuz!
That's so nice!!
(6/15/2015 12:37:52 PM)
Where is the hand
Last year's music video was very nice! Keep it up!
(6/15/2015 12:57:41 PM)
I would like to give a very special thank you
To all organisers of this event!! It's just really really nice!! Thanks!
(6/15/2015 12:58:26 PM)
It was a fantastic event
It would have been perfect had there been no speaker at the end.

Had the event ended before the speech it would have been perfect.

Sometimes adding is subtracting.
(6/15/2015 1:13:05 PM)
Was truly moving
Stopped by last year, figured I'd stay for fifteen minutes, ended up riveted to my seat for the whole thing. Felt the Rebbe's presence so strongly... and the unity of CHers was truly amazing....
(6/15/2015 4:04:36 PM)
How inspiring! Spread the word! Let's unite and bring Moshiach now!
(6/16/2015 12:02:33 AM)
I would be much happier if the Rebbe came out to Farbreng, neshama b'guf...I'm not satisfied with anything less. Ad mosei???
(6/17/2015 11:44:00 AM)
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